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Sep 25, 2018 12:00 AM A voyage for one euro

A voyage for one euro Yes, it is possible! If you book well in advance the bus company Onnibus will sell you via internet the ticket for just 1 euro. I got it and today I am going by their double-decker bus from Turku to Vaasa. It is 4,5 hours journey. They offere free wi-fi on board - at least at the urban zone. I have front seat with the nice panoramic view of the forrestal landscapes. At 3 pm we reached the station in Vaasa.
Vaasa is important city strategically located at the entrance to Bothnia Bay. I left my backpack in the info office at the market square an took a long walk aroud. They have here nice esplanade - the pedestrian zone, elegant city hall (see the picture) and old brick-made jail. Along the waterfront you will see more interesting buildings, like the court, but that's all. Now I am going to meet my couchsurfing host - I hope it will be interesting evening!

Sep 24, 2018 12:00 AM Mariehamn - the capital of Alands

Mariehamn - the capital of Alands The archipelago of the Alands consists of 6000+ islands of different size. 30000 people live here. 12000 of them in the neat capital -Mariehamn. Today in the morning I had a time to explore in details the city. It was worth to start from the park below the city hall where you can find the statue of Maria Alexandrovna - the wife of the Russian tsar. The city was named after her... Funny - isn't it? Then on the bayside there is a new, big building of the Aland's parliament -see the picture. The parliament has only 30 members. The archipelago has authonomy, it belongs to Finland but people speak Sweedish language... Mariehamn lies on the peninsula. Beautiful, wide esplanade of old trees cuts this peninsula from marina side to ferry dock side. The Protestant church stands somewhere in the middle. South of the esplanade you can find some old houses in the narrow streets of the "old town". Now, after touris season the city is very quiet, prices of the hotel rooms go down - I saw the offer for 38 euro (it is still a lot for the backpacker).
In the afternoon I plan to take the ferry back to Turku...

Sep 23, 2018 12:00 AM Granite Northern Coast

Granite Northern Coast Helpful lady from Mariehama tourist office told me, that the best landscapes of the island I will find on the northern coast. The problem is that there is only one road going to that area and rare public transport on weekdays will drop you only 7 kms from the coast.
Sunny day. My host was so nice to drop me at the junction of the roads. Then I started to walk and to hitchhike. After some 20 minutes I got the ride in the car bringing the bread from the bakery. What a smell of the fresh bread inside! They dropped me at "km 7" from the coast. Narrow road was empty. I walked some 3 kms before little pickup picked me up. The coast is impressive - made of pink granite rocks and big boulders. HavsVidden hotel was build here. There is little blue-marked loop trail going from the hotel through the big boulders... I spent there 2 hours enjoying the views. Sorry, there is no trail heading west of hotel along the coast so you have to return the same way: walk - car - walk. I returned in the afternoon...

Sep 22, 2018 12:00 AM Russian footprints on Aland Islands

Russian footprints on Aland Islands They have public buses here, but the operate only to the main settlements an the number of departures is very limited, especially on the weekend days. But I found public bus going to Bomarsund, where Russians built in 1830-31 big fortress to control entrance to the Bay of Bothnia and the water route to St Petersburg. In 1843 it was destroyed by French-British forces but imposing ruins still remains.
The bus from the capital of the Alands cost me 4,40 euro. Then I followed the well - marked trail through the ruins and onward to the Devil's Hill offering nice panoramic view of the area.
On the next island connected by the bridge - Prasto there are old graveyards of the people who lost their lives during construction works.
Then I was hitchhiking to Kastelholm castle built even earlier by Sweden. The castle was oppen for visitors onlu till Sept 15th, but even for the outside view it is worth to come here. Just nearby there is a skansen of the traditional countryside buildings brought from the whole Alands. On Saturdays the only return bus is in the evening so I was hitchhiking and walking mord than 5 kms to come back to Mariehama.
It was nice, but very windy day...

Sep 21, 2018 12:00 AM Silja ferry ride

Silja ferry ride It was along walk yesterday to my host. Nana lives 4 kms from the centre of Turku. But I found her and we have enjoyable evening talking about travels and watching pictures.
Today I wake up early just to have a cup of coffee and jump on the city bus. Paying 3 euro you can make the connection on the min square for the bus 1 going to the port. At 7.30 I was already at the ferry terminal where a huge GALAXY ferry ship was already waiting. One was ticket tothe Aland cost me 12 euro - bought in advance on internet. Let's go!
It is not an open-sea journey. We were crawling all the way between thousands of the little and bigger rocky island. Some of them are forested. On some of them I saw little houses - probably the summer cottages of the Finns. After 5 hours Mariehama -the capital of Aland Archipelago appeared on the horizon with a big, new and modern ferry terminal. We went ashore through covered skyways. No info office in the terminal. Here I am - on the main island of the Alands. Cloudy. Strong wind is blowing through the empty streets. I hope that tomorrow the weather will be better...

Sep 20, 2018 12:00 AM Turku - the oldest city in Finland?

Turku - the oldest city in Finland? The plane from Gdansk to Turku was not full. Is was only 5 quarters in the air and we landed in the little Turku airport... No control... In the little hall there is an information stand - on the rack you will find free booklets with the city map in few different languages. The city bus goes every 15 min and you pay 3 euro to the driver. Now you know that you are in the different zone - in Gdansk you pay less than one euro... It is only 8 kms.
Bus no 1 goes through the city centre to the port - so I went directly there for one fare.
Old Turku Castle stands at the mouth of the river, near the ferry docks. Nice building! After visiting two courtyards I took the walk along the river. Just at the beginning I passed Maritime Museum. There are different ships and boats docking along the riverfront promenade. Excursion on the old steamer costs 48 euro... Then few picturesque bridges and you can see the old cathedral - after the castle it is second place of interest in Turku. Opposite the cathedral there is nice library offering free internet access. Nice city! I believe my host will wait for me :)

Sep 19, 2018 12:00 AM To the new islands...

To the new islands... It is not far from Poland to find interesting islands: The Alands - belonging to Finland, although the majority of the population speak Swedish there. I have wanted to go there a long time ago, but I always postponed this journey "for later" - because it is so close and you can always go there without long preparations... The gateway to Alands is a Finnish city of Turku, from where ferries depart several times a day to the capital of the archipelago - Mariehama. When on my account in the wizzair airline there was a enough bonus money to be used, I thought that it is worth using the opportunity: to fly directly from Gdansk to Turku, and then to the sail to Alands. After visit to Alands I want to add to the route a small bus loop through unknown to me Western Finland. Thanks to the internet, I managed to buy three bus tickets by paying 1 euro for each and also an affordable ferry ticket. The problem of accommodation, which in the Scandinavian countries is very expensive, remained. I decided to try couchsurfing. Finding hosts was not easy... The hosts from Finland read my my requests, but very few is responding. Shame... I am leaving tomorrow...

Sep 13, 2018 12:00 AM Do you know Wagga - Wagga?

I have been to Langa - Langa, to Lapu - Lapu, to Bora - Bora.
Now Wagga - Wagga excites me. Why not to go to Wagga - Wagga? Do you know how to get there?

Aug 29, 2018 12:00 AM Going home via Kaliningrad

Slava was so kind to deliver me in the morning to Nizhny Novgorod little but nice airport. Then I was flying via Moscow to Kaliningrad.
The bus from Kaliningrad airport to the city is more expensive now: it costs 100 roubles.
Once in avtovokzal (bus station) I bought the bus ticket to Gdansk - departure at 3 pm and safely landed in my hometown at 7.30 pm

Aug 28, 2018 12:00 AM Nizhny Novgorod or Gorky

Nizhny Novgorod or Gorky It is the big city (in the past called Gorky), with more then million inhabitants, located on wide Volga river. I said goodbye to the ship at 7.30 am. My new friend -Slava from Couchsurfing were waiting firm me just on the prier.
Slava is a perfect guide - we spent full day visiting city tourit attractions. First of all - the Kremlin or the castle overlooking Volga and the city.
Wechad great, sunny weather so I took a lot of pictures. The main pedestrian street 2-kms long is Bolshaya Pokrovskaya. Elegant theathre is located there and a lot of small cafes, shops... People are strolling around, smiling and enjoying the atmosphere. At the Gorky square you will find McDonald's with free, clean toilets (still rare in Russia) and free wi-fi - but to log in you have to have Russian mobile number. I asked the staff to help me and they offered me their phone :) - so nice!
We spend the evening in Slava 's home watching the pictures from all over the world. Thank you dear Slava for such a good time we had together!

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